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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore, the headlines: syria chemical attack. donald trump condemns assad. the un security council is preparing to meet. —— the un security council is preparing to meet. as a us aircraft carrier sails into the south china sea, we report on how washington is increasingly concerned about beijing's growing naval power. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: a landslide victory in hungary's general election. victor orban says his re—election was an opportunity to defend the country's borders. and a marathon like no other, runners from around the world compete on the streets of pyongyang. good morning.
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it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 2am in the rebel held town of douma in syria, where an apparent chemical attack has caused a global outcry. scores of people have been killed and it is president assad of syria who is widely blamed. donald trump has called him an animal on twitter, warning there'll be a big price to pay. the un security council will hold an emergency meeting on monday to discuss the crisis. from beirut, martin patience reports. this was the scene at an emergency clinic in douma. medics hosing down children, after an alleged chemical attack. these pictures were filmed by activists on the ground. some children were barely conscious. this baby is alive, but struggling to breathe. the medics are doing what they can.
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but they are overwhelmed, working in a war zone, without enough medical supplies. we received many patients who suffered from symptoms compatible with exposure to chlorine gas, high concentration chlorine gas. also, the symptoms were deteriorating in a fashion that is not compatible with pure chlorine gas exposure, and that is why our physicians are concerned about exposure to nerve gas in low concentration. president trump denounced the alleged chemical attack. on social media he wrote... the white house is ruling nothing out. is it possible there will be another missile attack? i wouldn't take anything off the table. these are horrible photos. we are looking into the attack at this point. the state department put out a statement last night, and the president's senior national security cabinet have been talking with him and with each other all throughout the evening
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and this morning, and myself included. back in syria, government troops have surrounded douma. it is the last rebel—held town in eastern ghouta. both damascus and its ally russia describe claims of a chemical attack as fabrication. and they are prepared to take douma at any cost. this footage was shot by syria's civil defence, known as the white helmets. here, they run in to the aftermath of an air strike. they find an injured man. while the politicians talk, this is the reality in douma. martin patience, bbc news, beirut. the other main story moving this hour: the hungarian prime minister viktor
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orban has declared victory, after preliminary results from sunday's election suggest he's won a third successive term in power. polling stations stayed open later than expected due to large queues of voters and the turnout is expected to be at a near record level. with 74% of votes counted, the national election office data projects victor orban's ruling party has received just over 49% of the vote, the far rightjobbik party has 20% and the socialist party received 11.9%. here's the latest update from nick thorpe in budapest. very much a party going on at the party headquarters. in the last few, viktor orban has claimed victory and said it was a historic victory for his party and also said that they haven't got onto the place where they are heading yet, but they are on the right road to. big celebrations here, a historic third victory. viktor orban himself as
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being in politics in hungary for 32 yea rs, being in politics in hungary for 32 years, he is the great survivor of the defeat of communism in 1990 and here he is a third victory in a row, his fourth victory in political career. many are looking to them as an example of how this political wave of moving to the right across europe is taking a foothold, especially like hungary, where the main point of conversation was immigration. he began as a liberal, became a centre—right figure and is referred to as a populist or a nationalist leader, so he is symptomatic of this move to the right ina symptomatic of this move to the right in a nationalist direction in europe and i think his victory here tonight will cheer others across europe of eight similar political leanings. —— of a seminal. europe of eight similar political leanings. -- of a seminal. -- similar. also in this campaign he
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has stressed that he wants to keep hungary in the europe, but his vision is of a very different europe, a europe of nations, not a europe, a europe of nations, not a europe with many powers centred in brussels and certainly not a europe, whereas he feels, the european commission would be lecturing him about issues like human rights and the rights of refugees, which he doesn't really accept. us officials say north korea has accepted the trump administration's demand that denuclearisation be on the agenda when the leaders of the two countries meet. pyongyang has already given such an assurance in initial talks with south korea, but according to the reuters news agency — this is the first time it's given this guarantee with washington. church services have been held in canada, following the deaths of 15 young ice hockey players in a bus crash. prime ministerjustin trudeau will attend a national vigil in the coming hours at the hockey rink where they played in their home town in the province
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of saskatchewan. police in germany have arrested six people over an alleged plot to carry out what's described as a "violent crime," at the berlin half marathon. the german newspaper, die welt, say the accused has links to anis amri, who was behind the truck attack that killed 12 people at a christmas market in berlin in 2016. in golf, patrick reed has won the us masters to land his first major title. reed, shot a one—under—par 71 that left him one shot clear of rickie fowler. it's reed's sixth pga tour victory, but the first major championship of his career. 0urteam in our team in sport today will have more. the battle for influence in the south china sea is continuing to heat up. beijing has dispatched its largest—ever naval fleet to the area, at the same time as a us aircraft carrier heads there too. beijing has accused the us navy of trespassing in the south china sea, while washington has called china's construction of military
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outposts there provocative. rupert wingfield hayes reports from on board the us aircraft carrier, theodore roosevelt. pilots describe what we are about to do is trying to land on a postage stamp. in the world of aviation, there is nothing harder. in the middle of the south china sea, the u,a middle of the south china sea, the u, a crew of the uss theodore roosevelt, is going about calmly what is extraordinary business. it is not what they are doing that has brought me out here, it is where they are doing it. we are about 300 nautical miles north—east of singapore, over there is vietnam's, over that way is indonesia and the philippine. somewhere to the north of here, a chinese fleet has been
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spotted heading south. b satellite photos taken at the end of march so 40 photos taken at the end of march so a0 chinese ships heading to see. in the middle, the clear outline of an aircraft carrier. the ship is china's first operational carrier. it is the largest fleet china has ever sent into the south china sea, it isa ever sent into the south china sea, it is a demonstration of beijing's growing naval power and intention to challenge america's dominance of. on board the uss roosevelt, the strike group commander is unfazed. there is no doubt that aircraft carriers make a statement where they go and statement is that we are a professional navy and we are here operating as we think everybody else should as well. and we will continue to do so. and we will continue to upgrade in the maritimes and the commons throughout the world. but the geography of the south china sea is changing, literally. two years
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ago we filmed these huge new islands being built by china on three coral atolls. the latest photos show those islands are being turned into a van military outpost. —— against. i asked the commander of the us fleet of how concerned he is. u nfortu nately we a re of how concerned he is. unfortunately we are left with a wait and see without that clarity of what is establishment of a significant military presence that can really influence the freedom of navigation throughout the south china sea. it will be a long time before china can challenge this sort of us naval might directly. but china's neighbours have seen its intent and they know beijing will never sail away across the pacific 0cean. now, a 30th consecutive newspoll survey in australia shows
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prime minister malcolm turnbull‘s conservative government trailing the labour opposition. it's an embarrassing milestone for mr turnbull, since he used the 30 opinion poll benchmark to justify ousting his predecessor tony abbott, in 2015. the bbc‘s phil mercer in sydney told us what this could mean for mr turnbull. malcolm turnbull has said that he regrets making those comments about tony abbott's performances in the opinion polls when he was ousting the former leader, back in 2015. tony abbott is still agitating, he is still in parliament, a bench mp, that he be able to mount a challenge against malcolm turnbull? many people in australians consider him to be yesterday ‘s man. there are other potential candidates but no one leaps out at the moment. what we haveis one leaps out at the moment. what we have is the prime minister malcolm
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turnbull saying that he regrets making those comments three years ago, he says it is business as usual and that he is the man to deliver lower taxes and more jobs to australians. quite clearly, his government has become bogged down, wages growth here is pretty sluggish, the scandal over mr turnbull‘s former deputy barnaby joyce, who was forced to resign in the last few months. also the citizenship saga in astro has been a great distraction for the government, several mps had been found to be jewelled government, several mps had been found to bejewelled nationals, that is in breach of the constitution and has affected the government as well, deflecting from its economic message. when you think of opinion polls, in many countries it isjust a bit of passing interest, a snapshot of the public mood, but here in australia they are an integral part of the political theatre. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
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discovering new species in the debt of the ocean. i will be speaking to a marine scientist which has been pa rt a marine scientist which has been part of a pioneering expedition. also on the program: hundreds of foreign runners compete in the pyongyang marathon, but half of the number of competing last year. 25 years of hatred and rage as theyjump up on the statue. this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, the power to influence. today is about the promise of a bright future, a day when we hope a line can be drawn under the bloody past. i think that picasso's
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works were beautiful, they were intelligent, and it's a sad loss to everybody who loves art. welcome back to newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: the suspected chemical attack on civilians in syria is due to be discussed at an emergency session of the un security council later today. hungary's nationalist leader viktor 0rban has claimed victory in hungary's general election. his party has won nearly 50% of the
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votes counted so far. japanese police have arrested a 73—year—old man suspected of keeping his son in a cage for more than 20 years in sanda. the man is reported to have said he'd locked him up because his son had mental problems and was sometimes violent. the cage was just one metre tall. that story is sparking interest on let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post reports on a tweet by donald trump predicting that china will take down its trade barriers. as a potential trade war looms, the president sent a message saying that he and chinese president xi jinping will always be friends — no matter what happens. now, a stark picture showing the destruction of mosul is on the front page of the new york times.
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there's also another story that facebook founder, mark zuckerberg, is preparing for the hot seat with two days of questioning at the us congress. the paper says it will be like a dreaded final exam, as he tries to get congress to focus on the company's new privacy and anti—abuse measures. and finally, the singapore straits times has an article on america's crumbling infrastructure. it makes a big contrast to singapore's infrastuctu re, where most things seem to be shiny and new. what stories are sparking discussions online? well, the hip—hop musical hamilton has won seven 0livier theatre awards at the royal albert hall in london. the show, which premiered on broadway in new york in 2015, is about us founding father, alexander hamilton. it had a record—breaking 13 0livier nominations, including best new musical and best actor. a team of scientists has just returned from a pioneering deep sea expedition of an area where no man has ventured.
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the scientists have been mining the rich seascape for living treasures, diving 500m to 2km deep, off the southern coast of west java. the team of 30 — led by professors from singapore and indonesia — discovered new species and learned more about the earth's biodiversity. dr tan koh siang, tropical marine science institute, national university of singapore, joins us to tell us more about their discoveries. welcome to the programme. thank you first off, venturing into uncharted territory, where no man has gone before. tell us about some of the very important findings you have discovered. well, it is a place where there is not much really known about the deep waters over there. it is not unexpected to find new species and we have found probably already at nine or ten, and we
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expect to find more. all right, well, tell us a bit more about these discoveries. well, it is easier to determine whether they were new or not, the bigger things. there were some crabs and shrimps, also because oui’ some crabs and shrimps, also because our team consists of quite a number of people who study crustaceans, so they were able to determine... they have been given quite cute nickname is, that the ice cream cone worm, as well as things like sea cockroaches. i have to say i hate cockroaches, but what is so interesting about these features? well, they are scavengers. these features? well, they are scavengers. the darth vader cockroaches are scavengers of the ocean and they tend to live in deeper waters, they are big and they look like darth vader. we are seeing some of the footage of the expedition and shows how a lot of
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the sludge from the bottom of the sea is brought up and hull you and many of the researchers are basically sifting through. it is essentially like looking for a needle in a haystack, tell us a little about the challenges of the expedition. how difficult is it to go so deep down in the ocean? the difficulties are mainly to do with looking through the map, at the deep sea, deep waters, tend to be full of mud and the creatures live on the map. so inevitably, when we bring them up, they will be mixed up with them up, they will be mixed up with the month and we have to sieve it. not also, these debt between 2000 3000 metres, where we went, the equipment that we use has to be right for that depth. so we use
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dredgers. dredgers suggest quite a big machine, potentially disrupting some of the ocean's floor. well, the dredgers are about this size, so they are not huge. it is not dredging like doing reclamation, it is mainly to drag a basket. scientific. yes. this is an area that has been uncharted in west java, what you think this is an area that has been so unexplored? we actually not sure why it is unexplored but the japanese and indonesians have actually done some work on the east side ofjava indonesians have actually done some work on the east side of java but somehow, on the west side, it is not really known. all right, well, we look forward to seeing new discoveries. thank you so much are coming injoining seat. thank you very much. -- forjoining us. india is increasing its patrols along the border with china, after a tense stand—off between the two countries last year
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over a strategic plateau called doklam. it's claimed by both china and the himalayan nation of bhutan. india supports bhutan's claims and when the chinese tried to build a road there, indian troops blocked the project — the impasse putting bhutan in an uncomfortable position. anbarasan ethirajan reports from the capital, thimphu. bhutan's natural beauty is breathtaking. it is often described as the last shangri—la but of late, there is an undercurrent of tension here. the problem is not inside bhutan but along its borders. doklam, a remote but strategic plateau between china, india and bhutan. india says any attempt by china to build a road there will be a threat to its security, at fort bhutan, it was a wake—up call. doklam was insignificant until it became the controversial issue was a few months ago. most bhutanese do not even know where doklam is, the
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majority have never been to doklam and it became a matter of contention and it became a matter of contention and discussion only after it blew up asa and discussion only after it blew up as a controversial issue between india and china. with the tense stand—off between chinese and indian troops, many in bhutan are worried that it could trigger a war between the two asian giants. but after weeks of hectic diplomacy by the indian and chinese leadership, attention diffused. bhutan has been under indian sphere of influence for decades but the doklam issue has divided this country, especially since they want the country to chart out its own independent foreign policy. they do not want to be influenced by china, which is in the northern direction and india, which is in the south. india's influence in bhutan is huge. the tiny himalayan nation ‘s largest beneficiary of india's foreign aid.
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hundreds of indian troops are stationed in the country. it is a tough balancing act for the bhutanese government, which is refusing to comment on doklam. words do not actually resolve this issue with china at the earliest, that is what i feel. after that, we may be able to move forward to a planning committee, or otherwise this problem is going to be occur again and we cannot afford to have two superpowers locked their horns at the doorstep of a peaceful nation like bhutan. many here in thimphu argued that india could have shown that restraint and avoided a face—off with china. they think it might have an impact in bhutan's impacts to save long—standing border dispute with beijing. —— soul. the last thing they need is indian and chinese armies squaring up to each other on the border. —— hack leigh
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—— solve. there are marathons in many cities across the world — london, boston, athens — and then there's the one in north korea. all roads led to pyongyang, with a few hundred tourists competing with the locals. the bbc‘s rahuljoglekar has more. it isa it is a regime that keeps everyone on their toes. welcome to the fifth annual marathon on in north korea. it got off to a running start. more than a00 runners from across a3 countries took part. under the watchful eye of the country's founder, some others were happy to be photographed as they run through the streets of the capital city. at its peak, 5000 western tourists used to travel to north korea for the race but america has imposed a travel ban last year. the ongoing backdrop of nuclear tensions between north korea and the us may have also runners away. the race welcomed disabled competitors for the first
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time. all the races were won by locals. translation: for a government that is in the headlines, this image of athletes running calmly on the streets of pyongyang are relatively normal for the regime. -- four. almost too normal, some would say. well, good on them. they got some exercise. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. coming up — how we're turning rubbish into gold. we'll see how taiwanese innovators have transformed a wasteland by turning trash into profits. and before we go, let's take a look at this spectacular footage of ice—breaking on a melting river in northeast china. stay with us, headlines next. hello. for much of the week ahead, our air
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is coming from the east but it does not look particularly cold, as we will see. not so much sunshine in the week ahead as we enjoyed in cornwall on sunday. in ice in inverness, broken cloud and sunny spells. scotland and northern ireland will see the best of the sunny spells as we go through monday. some bob start the day, it could be quite dense in places, gradually clearing. through east anglia in south—east england, a lot of cloud, patchy rain and drizzle. o nto of cloud, patchy rain and drizzle. onto the day, thatjust shunts a bit further west to the midlands and some spots in south—east england. scotland, a few showers developing. not everyone one. temperatures around ten to 1a degrees, could be quite misty and murky throughout the day. coastal parts of northern ireland, some spots on the north coast as well. an area of rain expands to cover more of england, parts of wales, some darker blue, some heavy burst developing as well
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asago some heavy burst developing as well as a go into tuesday morning. as monday begins, it will be fairly chilly. frosty, so not a worry as we go through this week. as we look at the big picture to tuesday, low pressure to the south of us. it is around that spiralling we see some wet weather systems occasionally, like the one we start off with on tuesday. high pressure in scandinavia. it is an easterly flow coming into the uk but look at the colours here, not baltic blue, there is not coming from siberia, actually eastern mediterranean so it is certainly not cold there. as we go through the week, temperatures will be at or slightly above average but there is one significant section without it cold air coming across the north sea, the north sea coast, it will be chilly, single figure temperatures. some rain at times this week, not all the time. some dry and even sunnier moments to be enjoyed too. this is how sunday is shaping up. maybe a burst of rain, slowly moving away from england and
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wales towards parts of scotland. the north—west of scotland holding on to the fine weather for the longest. some sunny spells, there could be some heavy and maybe thundery showers into parts of england, especially south—west england and wales through the day. as we go on to the week, cloud, single figures. elsewhere, temperatures could be as high as 17 degrees. dreyer, brighter weather at times as we go through this week and it looks like a pretty decent wet week to come here in north—west scotland. we buy. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: the un security council will meet in emergency session later to discuss the apparent chemical attack in syria. scores of civilians are reported to have been been killed. president trump has warned the syrian government that it would have a big price to pay for the atrocity. hungary's eurosceptic prime minister viktor
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orban has won sunday's parliamentary election, his fidesz party has won nearly 50% of the votes counted so far. and this video is trending on several hundred foreign amateurs have competed in the pyongyang marathon, but turnout was half that of last year. the annual race is part of celebrations marking north korean founder kim il—sung's birth in 1912. stay with bbc world news. are
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